Almost everyone knows the feeling of not getting something you want for Christmas.
There’s nothing necessarily wrong with this. As a kid, it builds character. As an adult, it’s a firm reminder that things are impermanent and happiness is more often found in good company and experience than stuff. Still, there’s a sort of disappointment that’s hard to shake in wanting something so badly and then not getting it.
I wonder if Eli Drinkwitz is feeling the same way this morning. As he and the players prepare for the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, the staff is surely still on the ‘crootin trail trying to close on some future Tigers. And while the Tigers have been particularly picky when it comes to scouting the portal, there are still some areas that need attention or, alternatively, an extra influx of talent. Just for kicks.
Looking at which names are still available, we compiled a quick wish list of post-Christmas transfers that could raise Mizzou’s ceiling in 2024.
Chris McClellan, DL (Two Years of Eligibility)
We know Mizzou has been recruiting McClellan, the former Florida Gator, for the better part of the transfer portal period. He’s got 46 tackles over the first two years of his career, and the former Top 100 high school recruit should have another gear in him. There may be ample opportunity for the rising junior to play with all the turnover happening on Mizzou’s line, and he’s familiar with SEC opponents. For a team looking to replace so much depth in the trenches, a steady hand like McClellan would make a lot of sense.
Cashius Howell, LB (Two Years of Eligibility)
A newer name to hit the portal, the Kansas City native would immediately upgrade the depth in Mizzou’s linebacking corp. With 9.5 sacks and a forced fumble to his name in the 2023 season, Howell would be a wonderful fit in Blake Baker’s havoc-inducing defense and would offer healthy competition for other transfer players like Corey Flagg and Darris Smith.
Tyreek Chappell, CB (One Year of Eligibility)
With the assumed, impending departures of Kris Abrams-Draine and Ennis Rakestraw (and maybe even Jaylon Carlies), Mizzou needs plenty of added depth if they want to match the heights of this season. Toriano Pride is a great start, but what would you say to a player with three years of SEC experience? Tyreek Chappell has been a starter at Texas A&M for going on three years, where he’s broken up 26 passes, intercepted two passes and racked up 106 total tackles. Has A&M’s pass defense been anything to write home about? Not necessarily. But you could do far worse than a player with three years of SEC experience. Maybe Dreyden Norwood can show him the ropes?